Elliott Smith debut gets polish

Press release:

Domino is very excited to announce that on April 5th, 2010 we will be reissuing a re-mastered version of Elliott Smith’s Roman Candle. Roman Candle was Smith’s first solo album and was originally released in 1994. Roman Candle has been re-mastered for the re-release by Larry Crane, editor of Tape Op Magazine and archivist for Elliott's family, and Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering.

Larry explains, “The intention that I had was to make the album more listenable. I felt that a lot of the guitar “squeaks” were jarring and very loud, and that many of the hard consonants and “S” sounds were jarring and scratchy sounding. I felt by reducing these noises that the music would become more inviting and the sound would serve the songs better. When I went to Roger Seibel's SAE Mastering, he proceeded to equalize the tracks a small amount and to make the volume slightly louder. We never tried to make this CD as loud as current, over-limited trends, but just to match the volume of the rest of Elliott’s Domino catalog in a graceful way. Please note that none of this album is “remixed” from the master tapes - it is still composed of the mixes Elliott created himself.”

Roman Candle was recorded and produced by Elliott in his basement. The record was recorded in 1993 and released in 1994 and was originally mixed with help from Tony Lash. The album will be released on CD, LP and digitally.

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